John Horton Conway was a Princeton mathematician whose interests run broad and deep, ranging from number theory to topology. Although he considered himself a classical geometer, he had contributed to many fields of mathematics such as number theory, probability theory, game theory, group theory, knot theory, topology, algebra, etc. He was a genius, and he had a boundless curiosity.
Conway’s most outstanding achievements were the invention of a new system of numbers, surreal numbers, and the cellular automaton Game of Life, which is among the most beautiful mathematical models of computation.
Conway also had a talent for talking about mathematics with anyone, and his sly sense of humor made him utterly famous. For Sir Michael Atiyah, Conway was the most magical mathematician in the world. To get him know better, you can read Siobhan Roberts’s book, Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway.
To honor John Horton Conway, we have curated the things named after him.